• SkeptiCamp Monterey 2015: Critical Thinkers Arise!

    Start your New Year in a skeptical way! SkeptiCamp Monterey 2015 is a day of free presentations on critical thinking, skepticism, science and related topics, and is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    The event, hosted by Monterey County Skeptics, will feature as keynote speaker magician/mentalist Mark Edward, author of “Psychic Blues: Confessions of a Conflicted Medium,” who at one time worked as a telephone psychic, and in his book wrote about techniques he used to make it seem as though he could read minds.

    Also featured will be Salinas resident Susan Gerbic, a skeptic activist who has debunked psychics and disproved paranormal claims in her work with the Center for Inquiry’s Independent Investigations Group. Gerbic will also act as emcee for the day.

    Other speakers include Jay Diamond, founder of the Bay Area’s Reason4Reason skeptical activism group, speaking on “Fitness: Fact or Fiction”; Nitin Tomin, who will talk about his journey from Hinduism to atheism; Kyle Polich, host of the Data Skeptic podcast, who will speak on the deceptive uses of data and how to spot problems with data-driven arguments; and Glenn Church, creator of The Political Skeptic website, discussing political skepticism.

    The event will be held at the Monterey Peace & Justice Center, 1364 Fremont St., Seaside. There will be a lunch break during the day, and those who attend are welcome to bring their own brown bag lunch or to purchase food nearby.

    SkeptiCamp Monterey is free and open to the public, but space is limited and an RSVP is required by emailing MCSkeptics@gmail.com in advance. Donations on the day of the event are appreciated. More information is available at lanyrd.com/2015/skepticamp.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on December 18, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News

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